Originally published: July 19, 2014
Last updated: July 19, 2014 - 12:02pm
Rainbow PUSH, the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council and three dozen other minority advocacy organizations filed joint comments at the Federal Communications Commission arguing that reclassifying Internet access under Title II common carrier regulations would "harm communities of color."
The groups brand Title II an out-of-date regulatory structure that would increase consumer prices, slow broadband adoption, potentially choke innovation and diminish investment, lead to years of regulatory ambiguity and litigation. "Overly burdensome regulations treating broadband as a public utility would institutionalize second class digital citizenship, needlessly delaying the digital inclusion goals sought by communities of color," they said. "This result would harm both consumers of color and minority entrepreneurs, for whom the Internet has been their easiest path to entry to bring new content to their communities and the nation."